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Artoria species?

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Species:
Artoria species?
(ID as explained below)
Family:
Lycosidae
Body length:
female: perhaps 6 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
In a shallow open burrow but usually found wandering
Toxicity:
May be too small to cause human illness but handle with caution
Artoria species?
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Another view
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Another male
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Note: The Lycosidae of Australia are mostly difficult to identify without the aid of a stereo microscope and extensive taxonomic details, especially of the male and female genitalia of each species. Surface markings on lycosids can be quite variable for a given species from specimen to specimen, from male to female, and from juvenile to adult. In recent years some significant revisions of the Australian wolf spider fauna have been undertaken by Dr. Volker Framenau and his colleagues. However, these revisions have still left many uncertainties in regard to the correct names and occurrence ranges of particular species so some of the lycosid identifications shown on this website are likely to be incorrect either now or in the near future.

The identity of the spider shown on this page is uncertain. It is labelled here as a possible Artoria species because it is a small lycosid with the general shape of known Australian Artoria species and also has the pale longitudinal stripe on the the front of the dorsal abdomen which Dr. Framenau states (on a Flickr website) is a common charcteristic of Artoria species. What seems to be most unusual or maybe even unique about this male specimen is the broad white patch at the rear of the abdomen.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several Australian lycosids, especially other Artoria species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 April 2017.